Iraq reports 1,713 new COVID-19 cases, 630,263 in total

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BAGHDAD, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Monday 1,713 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily infections since the beginning of 2021, bringing the tally to 630,263.

It also reported six new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 13,126, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 848 to 601,041.

A total of 5,974,504 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February 2020, with 42,578 done during the day.

The ministry has frequently attributed the increase of COVID-19 infections to the public's failure to comply with health instructions.

Last Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in Iraq said the Chinese government donated 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Iraq.

Earlier, the Iraqi health ministry said the Iraqi National Board for Selection of Drugs had approved the emergency use of China's Sinopharm and Britain's AstraZeneca vaccines to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

From March 7 to April 26 in 2020, a Chinese team of seven medical experts spent 50 days in Iraq to help fight the disease, during which they helped build a PCR lab and install an advanced CT scanner in Baghdad.

China has also sent three batches of medical aid to Iraq. Enditem

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